Try Not To Overpack -You’ll End Up Looking Like A PhotoTourist

An oversized camera bag makes you look like a photo tourist

I am nearing the end of a week’s holiday in Iceland. As well as a family holiday to an exciting and amazing country it is a chance to maybe get a portfolio image or two.

When I go on holiday I like too pack minimalist as far as cameras go. My preference is my D800, no grip, and my 50mm f1.4 plus spare CF cards and batteries. Maybe a small flash and cable? This is mainly because I lug a load of equipment around in a heavy bag whilst at work so I like my holidays too be time away from that.

I have always been quietly amused by the sight of the holidaying enthusiastic amateur photographer (usually a man) lugging every bit of gear they own – and a heavyweight tripod – around in a backpack the size of a small suitcase. The wife and kids hanging around in various states of patience as composition and exposure are carefully considered in the name of holiday photos. No quick snapping there thank you.

So, with that in mind, imagine my horror when I realised just how much kit I was planning on packing:

D800 with 50mm lens
P7700 for quick snapping
Infrared converted D70 plus 35mm lens
17mm and 18-300mm lenses (for ‘specific image capture opportunities’ whatever they might be)
Small flash and off camera cable
GorillaPod
Canon AT-1 and 28mm lens plus two rolls of 35mm film for my ongoing Redscale project

On top of this there are batteries and chargers, plus all the cabling that goes with the kit. Plus I am responsible for the cabling needs of three phones and two iPads.

I had to go out and buy a new bag. The size of a small suitcase………